Due to the increasing number of stolen tax refunds, the IRS implemented a PIN program as a security measure in recent years. If someone suspects that they are a victim of identity theft, they can complete FORM 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, to notify the IRS to mark their account to Identity Questionable Activity. The IRS then assigns an annual unique six-digit Identity Theft PIN Number that must be included on their tax return or the return will be rejected.
According to the IRS, identity thieves using personal data stolen outside the IRS recently used malware in an attempt to generate E-file PINs for stolen Social Security Numbers.
The IRS identified 464,000 unique SSNs were compromised of which 101,000 SSNs were used to successfully access an E-file PIN.
The IRS has shared this information with states and tax preparers. It is also sending letters to taxpayers that their personal information was used in the attack.
Contact us to see if your information was compromised. If it was, we can help you take the appropriate actions.